Halcyon Dermatology Scar Treatments

At our scar clinic, we use a variety of state of the art treatment modalities to treat scars depending on the appearance and type of scars. Every treatment is customized for your skin and scar type to best improve the appearance of your scar.

En Plein Air: Dr. Lee is the founder of En Plein Air, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting free scar treatments for qualifying patients, who are financially challenged. For financially eligible patients, Halcyon Dermatology will provide treatments to you at no cost. See www.enpleinairlaser.org to obtain an application form and learn more.

Many scars need to be treated using a variety of treatment modalities. Some of the treatment options offered are listed below.

Treatment Options

Fractional laser scar treatment with the ICON Fractional 1540 Laser

Can be used to treat a variety of scar types including surgical and acne scars, burns, and stretch marks with remarkable results on any skin type, including very light and very dark skin. Pulses of fractional laser light break down scar tissue, triggering new tissue to form in its place. It’s a fast and simple procedure with little to no downtime and minimal discomfort. Also, the ICON is one of the few FDA approved devices for stretch marks. Numerous procedures are needed for optimal results.

ICON Intense Pulsed Light

Utilizes gentle pulses of intense, optimized light to treat undesirable pigment and vessels and produce a more even skin tone. This is often used in combination with other devices to minimize the redness and blood vessels that often appear in scars. Numerous procedures are needed for optimal results.

Microneedling

Microneedling is a very safe, effective, and comfortable procedure to stimulate collagen growth to improve the appearance of acne scarring, stretch marks, and other scars. We use a microneedling device called Collagen PIN. It utilizes a sterile disposable cartridge which contains tiny needles that create controlled microscopic “injuries” to the skin. These micro punctures stimulates increased collagen and elastin production, resulting in improved texture and smoother skin. Microneedling is one of the safest procedures for darker skin types and skin that is prone to hyperpigmentation. Numerous procedures are needed for optimal results.

Subcision

Subcision is a procedure used to treat atrophic scarring. The procedure may require multiple sequential treatments. A special needed is used to breakup tethers underneath the skin that may be pulling the skin down and creating divets in your scar.

Filler Injections

Filler can also be used to treat certain types of scars, especially scars that indent in. It is often done in combination with other treatment modalities.

Kenalog Injections

Kenalog injections are used to soften, flatten, and minimize symptoms of itching and burning of scars. Often used in combination with other treatments.

Botox Injections

Botox helps to relax the muscles surrounding a scar to help improve healing and minimize scar formation. This can be especially helpful in areas were scars are under tension.

Chemical Peels

Various types of chemical peels an improve the appearance of some types of scars, such as hyperpigmented or indented scars.

Scar Creams

There are a variety of scar and medicated creams that may help the appearance of your scar. We also work with compounding pharmacists to create custom scar creams for you depending on the appearance of your scar. Our providers will work with you to customize your treatment plan.

Surgical Scars

In most circumstances, we will recommend you start treatments for your surgical scars within 2 weeks of suture removal. Some patients may need to be pretreated with medication prior to any surgeries in order to minimize scar formation.

How long does it take?

The procedure can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.

Does it hurt?

Most people feel minimal pain during the procedures listed above. Your provider may discuss pain management options with you. Typically we will have you arrive 1 hour before your procedure to numb with a topical cream.

How many treatments will I need?

Most people need three to five treatment sessions for optimum results and typically multiple treatment modalities are used and often in the same session.

How quickly will I recover?

People typically resume their regular activities immediately following the treatment session.

What can I usually expect after treatment?

Typically, most people experience a temporary redness and swelling of the scars or stretch marks which may last a few days. Your provider will discuss other potential side effects with you.

Cost?

Prices vary depending on the size and character of the treatment area. A cosmetic consultation is required prior to any treatment to determine the best options for you. Your doctor will discuss costs during your consultation.

Most scar treatments start at $200 per treatment, depending on the size and appearance of the scar. Multiple treatments are usually required.

Halcyon Dermatology patients who have mohs or surgeries performed with us will be eligible for a free 10-minute scar consultation and a $50 discount towards your first treatment.